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All across the country, the leaves are turning colors and hideous sweaters are emerging from storage.It's the first major redesign the Hero has seen in years.GoPro has three Mods to go along with the launch of the Hero 8—an attachment with more ports (that's needed to attach the others), a flip-up display, and an LED light—but expect third-party accessory makers to quickly jump on the idea, extending the action camera to new realms.Breaking Out of the CageThe Hero 8 is marginally larger than the Hero 7 by itself, but not enough to make it much different in the hand.If you count the 7's mounting cage, the new Hero 8 is actually smaller.
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Chain says its message after the ‘milkshaking’ of right-wing politicians was "tongue in cheek".HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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In the market for a pair of wireless headphones?Amazon has slashed the price of the AKG Y50BT Bluetooth headphones, discounting them by a massive £80.Representing a discount of 53%, this is the kind of deal you'd expect to find on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, bringing the price down from £150 to just £69.99.They may have a budget headphone price, but the AKG Y50BT are anything but, judging by their specs; with 20 hours of battery life and a comfortable on-ear fit, they're a great option for anyone who wants to buy a pair of Bluetooth headphones for less than £100.While we haven't tested this particular model ourselves, our sister site What Hi-Fi?awarded them a superb five stars, based on their sonic clarity, cool design, and comfortable fit.
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(Reuters) — UPS on Tuesday said it won the U.S. government’s first full approval to operate a drone airline, which gave it a lead in the nascent U.S. drone delivery business over rivals Amazon and Alphabet.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted UPS’ Flight Forward drone subsidiary a Part 135 Standard certification on Friday.The company said the certificate allows it to expand its delivery service in campus settings such as hospitals and universities, but added that residential deliveries are years away.The certification allows UPS pilots to fly drones beyond their line of sight and opens the door for the delivery company to expand Flight Forward.The fledgling unit is immediately doubling the number of drone flights it does for its flagship customer, Raleigh, North Carolina’s WakeMed Health & Hospitals.“We’ll easily get to 20-plus flights per day, per drone,” said Scott Price, UPS’ chief strategy and transformation officer.
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Considering there was the big claim of £5 billion investment into rural broadband, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a rapid acceleration of fibre investment and 5G is on everyone’s lips, not a huge amount of homage was paid to the telecoms and technology industry.Brexit is dominating the headlines and politicians seem more interesting in insulting those on the other side of the Commons than addressing actual policies.There were of course passing references to things that matter, but this is the spearhead of the political circus.In a brief address, the message was simple; success in-hand with the Government not in-spite of it.“Those memories shaped my politics, but it was Margaret Thatcher’s vision of a shareholding democracy and her introduction of the right to buy that shaped my personal ambition -and that is to help everybody to build a secure life for themselves and their families.“So, I want to see a better environment for business, less red tape and lower taxes to incentivise them.”
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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has dangled the opportunity to create a US competitor in-front of the faces of US officials seemingly in an effort to ease tensions.At a panel session in the Huawei Shenzhen headquarters, Zhengfei has presented the US with an opportunity to fulfil an ambition it has had for years; to compete toe-to-toe with the network infrastructure vendors around the world.If Huawei was to sell an exclusive license for its 5G smarts to a US company, the competitive landscape could be due a very notable disruption.“I think that we should give (an) exclusive license with one US company,” Zhengfei said during the session.Lucent was a US firm, though this disappeared thanks to the merger with Alcatel in 2006, and subsequently being purchased by Nokia.If you have a look at the vendor community for 5G networks, there is very little contribution from the US.
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Electric vehicle maker Nio sought to assuage investor concerns after reporting disappointing second-quarter (Q2) results and canceling an earnings call with investors and analysts.Why it matters: The company rescheduled the call a day after canceling it.Executives took a cautious tone and focused on Nio’s cost-cutting measures and plans to increase its footprint in the world’s largest EV market during the postponed call on Wednesday.Nio has lost a massive RMB 40 billion ($5.6 billion) since 2016, according to figures from the company.“We are implementing comprehensive cost control measures across the organization.These measures primarily focus on increasing efficiencies and streamlining operations within our sales and service network and our research and development (R) functions, as well as reducing our headcount.”
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Igor Musatov, former professional ice hockey player from Russia, has been detained in Moscow for swindling 45 million Rubles ($700,000) from the CEO of an IT company, Crime Russia reports.The alleged crime was first reported last year by the IT professional, but after months of trying to rectify things directly with Musatov, he turned to the police.According to Sport Express Russia, the businessman met with Musatov in January 2018, and told him that he was “engaged in the cryptocurrency business.”A month later, Musatov offered the IT professional the opportunity to buy 103 Bitcoin for 45 million Rubles ($700,000), to which he obliged.At the time, 45 million Rubles for 103 Bitcoin represented a substantial discount over average market prices, so it’s not surprising the businessman went for the deal.According to the report, the businessman went to Musatov’s offices to complete the transaction.
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Microsoft’s ASP.Net Web API is a lightweight framework you can use to build stateless RESTful services that run on HTTP.Exceptions are errors that occur at runtime, and exception handling is the technique of handling runtime errors in your application code.Every ASP.Net Web API developer should know how to handle exceptions in Web API and how to send out appropriate error codes and error messages from Web API controller methods.[ Microsoft .Net 5 unites the .Net Framework and .Net Core: Find out what the merger of .Net Standard and .Net Core means for developers.| Learn how to get the most from .Net Framework and .Net Core from InfoWorld’s Microsoft Architect blog.        var response = new HttpResponseMessage(HttpStatusCode.NotFound)
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The american automobile manufacturer Ford Motor is recalling nearly 360,000 for the so-called " suv of the brand, the Ford Explorer, due to the sharp edges around the front seats.Ford has received 31 reports warns against hand injuries, which can be explained by the design of the seats.the Recall involves the Ford Explorer for model year 2017 and assembled in a factory in Chicago, illinois, USA, during the period from February 13, 2016-25 October 2017, respectively.the Cars affected have been sold in the united states, Canada, and Mexico.Ford, the calls of the customers to exercise caution and to avoid contact with the säteskanten until their vehicles are fixed at the repair shop.
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After a couple of short visits that left two very different impressions on our Los Angeles-based staff, Roadshow's long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 came to spend a few months at our San Francisco HQ.Since taking delivery of our little Swede, we've put about 5,675 miles on the odometer, averaging 32.59 mpg along the way, which is surprisingly high considering the EPA estimates just 26 combined mpg for the 2.0-liter turbo, all-wheel drive T5 configuration.Downsizing after a year in the spacious Mercedes-Benz Metris took some getting used to, but the compact SUV was up to the task, swallowing up all of our cameras, tripods and equipment without complaint.It's ridiculously easy to forget the double tap and end up revving awkwardly in neutral.It's particularly annoying -- and, at times, dangerous -- when trying to make a quick three-point turn.On the other hand, I learned to love the Volvo On Call app and telematics suite, which I was able to use to monitor the XC40 remotely.
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Social VR is expected to eventually become of virtual reality’s major selling points, but hasn’t taken off quite yet, as evidenced by the ups and downs of pioneering app AltspaceVR.Now owned by Microsoft, the multi-person shared space experience is expanding next month to another platform — Oculus’ increasing popular standalone headset Quest — in its drive to connect more VR users to one another.AltspaceVR lets users choose been multiple “worlds” as backdrops, notably including a “Mega Church,” a cruise ship, a lost city, and improbably even the main castle from Super Mario 64, each providing the ability to meet up with friends or strangers in virtual form.Avatars are decidedly cartoony and fairly basic to enable headsets to render crowds of people at once, supporting both large group “events” and smaller gatherings.Multi-player games are also supported.Oculus Quest users will be able to join the fun on September 12, the company said in a tweet, which, given strong user interest in Quest apps, could quickly add quite a few new users to the existing pool.
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At the end of July, the FBI and Capital One disclosed that the bank had suffered a massive data breach just a few months before, exposing personal and financial data from more than 100 million customers.The FBI arrested former Amazon employee Paige Thompson, 33, in connection with the crime, and accused her of also breaching 30 other companies and organizations.Now, an indictment unsealed on Wednesday offers a fuller picture of the government's allegations against Thompson, and the scope of her alleged hacking spree.Thompson, who also goes by the online handle "erratic," allegedly created a program in late March to scan cloud customers for a specific web application firewall misconfiguration.Once the tool found its target misconfiguration, Thompson allegedly exploited it to extract privileged account credentials for victim databases and other web applications.Court documents say that once Thompson gained access to victims' cloud infrastructure using the stolen credentials, she then allegedly accessed and exfiltrated data.
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Facebook and Instagram are tightening the rules on political advertising in the united states in the presidential election of 2020.the Social media giant will be a "certified structure"label, by way of which political advertisers, to prove their legitimacy in order to get to advertise on the platform.All of the advertisers who want to advertise on political or social issues, the need to publish their contact information.By the middle of October, the requirements need to be adhered to, otherwise the advertisers to have their advertisement removed.the President of Donald Trump's återvalskampanj has already spent the equivalent of 93 million Swedish kronor in the ads on Facebook.Facebook has been criticized over its rules relating to the advertising and after that Russia is using social media in order to put himself in the 2016 us presidential election.
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Well, the Chinese smartphone maker still has few surprises under its sleeves.It seems like the brand is getting ready for its new smartphones expanding its portfolio even further.We now have details on two unknown and yet-to-be-launched Honor devices thanks to the recent report by 91Mobiles.As per the listing, this new device features a 6.26-inch display having a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels.Although there is no word on the processor model or maker.In terms of variants, the device will come in three RAM options namely 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB.
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TechCrunch will partner with General Catalyst for Include Office Hours on September 4th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.Partners Niko Bonatsos and Kyle Doherty will meet with underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs to provide key feedback and advice.Founded in 2014, TechCrunch launched the Include Program in an effort to leverage the extensive TechCrunch network to facilitate opportunities for underserved groups and founders.TechCrunch collaborates with investors to host private 20-minute sessions with startups, where founders can ask for guidance on critical business issues.During September’s Include Office Hours, General Catalyst will be meeting with 12 lucky companies.Unlike previous Office Hours, TechCrunch is looking for startups in the following verticals: Enterprise, B2B, Healthcare, Security, Infrastructure, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Fintech, Digital Commerce, Travel, Real Estate, Marketplaces, Messaging, E-commerce, Gaming and Crypto.
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Is WeWork, the sprawling chain of coworking spaces expanding across America and elsewhere, a tech company?WeWork is sure scrambling to find reasons to claim so, because “tech” is apparently some kind of magic word that it thinks will justify its $47 billion (£38.5 billion) valuation.Its critics have instead characterised WeWork as a traditional real estate company in the risky business of signing cheap long-term leases and flipping them to customers as more expensive short-term leases, which would leave it scrambling to pay off its $47.2 billion (£38.6 billion) in liabilities in the event of a downturn, and which has masked this fact with cult-like branding and just saying the word “tech” over and over.According to a Wednesday report in Fast Company, WeWork has been using “an easy-to-guess password shared at locations across the US and abroad”—and specifically the kind of password that comes up on articles with titles like “Top 10 Worst Passwords.” (Fast Company did not write what the password actually is, but a number of Twitter users over the course of the past few years have alleged it is “[email protected]”)Fast Company also found that WeWork configured its wifi networks to use WPA2 Personal, an older wifi standard that does not have robust security safeguards.This means that anyone with access to the password, which Fast Company reports was in widespread use at WeWork’s 528 global sites, could potentially use it for malicious means:
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Scientists from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Caltech Divison of Engineering and Applied Scientists have developed a new soft robot.The soft robot can move and change shape in response to external stimuli and paves the way for untethered soft robots of the future.The team turned to origami to create multifunctional, soft robots using sequential folds.The origami is able to encode multiple shapes and functions in a single structure.The robots use liquid crystal elastomers that change shape when exposed to heat.The team 3D printed two types of soft hinges that fold at different temperatures that can be programmed to fold in a specific order.
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The world's biggest chip is a pain in the butt to coolA real crowd-pleaser this year was Cerebras, an AI hardware startup, which unveiled what is claimed to be the largest ever chip for training artificially intelligence software.Founder and chief hardware architect Sean Lie flashed the bronze-colored iPad-sized processor on stage, and said the thing was “the largest square that could be carved from a single wafer.”The bonkers 46,000 mm2 silicon die, it is claimed, packs 1.2 trillion TSMC-fabbed 16nm transistors, 400,000 cores laid out in a 2D mesh with a fabric bandwidth of 100-petabits per second, 18GB of on-chip memory, and a memory bandwidth of 9PB/s.Nor whether or not there will be volume production for anyone outside the usual gang of tier-one cloud giants.Cerebras announced that this chip is now “running customer workloads,” though it isn’t available on the market yet.
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The upfronts are one of TV’s great mysteries: They’re always the focus of the advertising year, but the negotiation process remains hush-hush, with only a handful of people on both sides engaged in those high-level talks.That changed last year, when a major TV ad sales exec agreed to (anonymously) take Adweek behind the scenes, compiling an upfront diary that highlighted each stage of their upfront negotiations.This year, we got another behind-the-scenes peek, this time from the other side of the bargaining table, as a top TV buyer—once again, anonymous—took Adweek through every step of their company’s talks.Here’s what this person had to say about the “insane” upfront marketplace, where early movement, a “really dumb” response to higher-than-expected rates of change and the sudden exit of WarnerMedia ad sales chief Donna Speciale affected this year’s negotiations.1: Getting a handle on upfronts weekThe process of preparing for upfronts week—the annual marketplace synonymous with TV and video buying—begins on cold and dreary days in February.
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We already know that spending time in space has effects on the body, and recent evidence suggests it could have an effect on the mind as well.Now, a new study has examined how long-duration space flight affects connectivity in the brain.A team from Russia’s National Research University Laboratory for Cognitive Research used magnetic resonance imaging to look at the brains of eleven astronauts before and after they were exposed to space flight and compared them to healthy controls who did not visit space.They found that the astronauts’ brains showed adaptations to an environment without gravity.In particular, the astronauts’ brains did not receive the usual information from the bodily systems responsible for balance due to the zero-gravity environment.Their brains compensated for this by developing what the researchers called “an auxiliary system of somatosensory control.” Essentially, they relied more on visual and tactile information to maintain balance and body position instead of the vestibular system, and this change was reflected in their brain connectivity.
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While Facebook and Apple have seen their messaging platforms become indispensable to users and businesses alike, Google has launched a litany of apps whose pithy names (Buzz, Wave, Allo, Hangouts, and the list goes on) couldn’t save them from the dustbin of chat history.But lately it seems like the search giant has got its messaging groove back.By now you’re probably familiar with RCS, the new telecom standard that’s supposed to rescue old fashioned text messaging from the flip-phone era.RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and it comes with modern messaging features like read receipts, typing indicators, and verified business profiles.In other words, it looks and feels like iMessage or WhatsApp, but works over your cell phone network instead of the internet, à la SMS.For the last year or two, Google has been spearheading a campaign to get global telcos and device carriers to support RCS and stymie its messaging competitors in the process.
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NASA’s Artemis 2 mission is one step closer to launch, with the Orion spacecraft acing another fiery pre-takeoff test as it prepares to carry astronauts into space.Due to launch sometime by 2023, Artemis 2 will be the US space agency’s deepest manned trip into the solar system so far, and as you’d expect NASA is taking no chances when it comes to safety.That saw the spacecraft mounted to a missile and carried six miles into the air, before the abort sequence was triggered and the crew module pushed away to safety.Should something go wrong with the launch, first the abort motor rapidly separates the rocket and the crew module.Finally, the jettison motor ignites, in order to split the launch abort system from Orion, and allow the parachutes to deploy safely.As you might expect, it’s a lot of very precisely timed action, and the whole thing has to take place rapidly if the astronauts onboard are to survive and make it back down to Earth.
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Recently, Strategy Analytics said that the US smartphone replacement cycle is 33 months.Moreover, Apple iPhone users replace their phones on average 18 months, while Samsung users in 16.5 months.According to Venturebeat, more and more US smartphone users have extended the replacement cycle.As the statistics show, it is nearly three years (33 months).The number of users who have been upgrading their phones once a year or two is decreasing.The analysis found a key conclusion that part of the reason for the extended replacement cycle was the rise in smartphone prices and the arrival of the 5G era.
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Huawei’s operating system, HarmonyOS (known as HongMeng OS in China) was recently launched.As of now, this system is only active on the recently released Honor Smart Screen.However, the company said that this system will be used on multiple devices next year.This includes smartwatches, bands, PCs, cars, VR glasses, smart speakers, etc.The innovative architecture of micro-kernel and the endorsement of Huawei’s R personnel is quite attractive.This has given the Harmony OS a huge potential and many netizens outside China are optimistic.
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The two biggest barriers to the use of machine learning (both classical machine learning and deep learning) are skills and computing resources.You can solve the second problem by throwing money at it, either for the purchase of accelerated hardware (such as computers with high-end GPUs) or for the rental of compute resources in the cloud (such as instances with attached GPUs, TPUs, and FPGAs).On the other hand, solving the skills problem is harder.Google was able to train many of its employees on its own TensorFlow framework, but most companies barely have people skilled enough to build machine learning and deep learning models themselves, much less teach others how.One approach is for the software to simply train every kind of model on the data and pick the one that works best.A refinement of this would be for it to build one or more ensemble models that combine the other models, which sometimes (but not always) gives better results.
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HP’s new Omen X 27 HDR display might be the one that finally tips the balance in favor of TN panels for good.Gamers who buy HP’s new screen can enjoy not only a super-fast, 240Hz refresh rate and a detailed 1440p resolution, but fantastic color reproduction as well, thanks to the introduction of HDR.This gives it a much broader selection of colors to draw from, and also improves contrast and lighting in compatible titles and media.Panel technology might not be every gamer’s first consideration when buying a new monitor, but it’s an important one.TN panels tend to be fast, but lack great color, while IPS tend to be slower, but offer a richer picture.The HP Omen X 27 is looking to bridge that gap with a fast TN display that also offers great color reproduction via its HDR technology.
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UK telco Three has become the latest to join the 5G bonanza with the launch of its 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) service in London.With plans to launch the service in 25 cities throughout the UK, the FWA proposition looks to be a challenger to traditional broadband services.We have been told the new service will promise speeds of 100 Mbps between the hours of 8pm and 10pm, peak times for streaming in the living room, offering an alternative to fibre broadband for speed hungry customers.“Three’s 5G is going to revolutionise the home broadband experience,” said Three CEO Dave Dyson.The ease and immediacy of it all means home broadband using 5G is going to be key to the future of the connected home.”Looking at the deal offered, there are some interesting elements.
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Just last month, Apple enthusiast sites were openly wondering whether the company might hold off on releasing the Apple Watch Series 5, largely because no concrete details on the new device had leaked.That changed this weekend when Brazilian site iHelpBR discovered watchOS 6 beta references to titanium and ceramic Apple Watches — new materials that will likely push Apple’s average selling prices up, for better or worse at a time when rivals focus on winning wearable market share at lower price points.The fact that watchOS 6 includes pairing animations for 44mm Apple Watches made from titanium and ceramic is all but conclusive evidence that Series 5 devices will arrive next month in those materials.Titanium has never been used before in an Apple Watch, and ceramic wasn’t made for Series 4’s larger 40mm and 44mm models.Since Apple generally doesn’t include fake assets in its operating system betas, finding them in the beta means that they’ll be showing up in real products soon enough.My biggest question is whether titanium will join the Apple Watch’s existing aluminum and stainless steel lineup, or replace one of those options.
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